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Mount St. Helens, Washington
This resource about Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano in the Cascade Range best known for its violent eruption in 1980, features links to all aspects of the volcano, including real time, online video cam and current seismicity, its geographic setting, and geologic and eruptive history. Students learn of an eruption in 1800 as well as extensive details of the 1980 event. Links labeled 'Special Items of Interest' include information about volcanic highlights and features, points of interest, and Lewis and Clark information, which includes the sighting of Mount St. Helens. Other links lead to maps, graphics, images, publications, reports, and other items of interest involving this volcano and others.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Services:
    • Clearinghouse
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The maps, graphics, images, and text found on our website, unless stated otherwise, are within the Public Domain. You may download and use them. Credit back to the USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory is appreciated. If any material is referenced , Image courtesy of ... or Information courtesy of ..., etc., then please contact that source for permission for use.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-079
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Cascades Volcano Observatory'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory